MORE reactions hasÂ continued to trail the recent statement credited to the Minister for Petroleum, Dr Rilwan Lukan who advocated for the transfer of the Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, from Warri to Kaduna.
A Niger Delta group, Ijaw Renaissance Front (IRF) in a statement signed by its president, Mr Ebi S. Dakoru berated the Ministerâ€™s stand.
According to him, â€œWe condemn the statement by the oil minister, Dr Rilwan Lukman because he made the statement in a way that it appears he has no stake in Nigeria or rather, he is no longer ready to build friendship beyond the bridge. He believes he can do whatsoever he likes and go away with it.
He said he went to a school in London where there is no crude oil but there was a petroleum institute where engineers are being trained. That example that he gave, is not encouraging.â€
In addition, he argued that â€œwhy was the University of Agriculture in Maiduguri was not sited in Warri and we know that the North Central is the food basket of Nigeria and so, the University of Agriculture suites that place and nobody doubts it. Why didnâ€™t he give us the example of Texas in the United States of America which is the richest state there. Yes, as a Niger Deltan, I agree with them that transferring PTI to Kaduna is not acceptable to our organisation or any Niger Deltan of that sort. We donâ€™t accept it, but the governors should not tie the two issues together.â€
On the proposed amnesty package by the Federal government, he explained that â€œ What the governors need to do is argue their cause distinctively. The Petroleum Bill, which is taking away power from the communities and resting it on the Federal government is not acceptable to the Niger Delta people and it makes a lot of meaning. They (governors), should handle that with the president without making noise about it and now that we are working on the militants and trying to convince them to accept this amnesty, it will be reasonable to say that other things will be put in place.â€